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This year’s Secret Cinema experience is The Empire Strikes Back, and I recently hopped a transport ship to get you this spoiler free review.

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Let me start off by saying, if you haven’t been yet don’t worry, this review won’t spoil anything for you. I’m not going to talk about anything that would affect the surprise and sheer enjoyment you will get.

In 2007, Secret Cinema pioneered the form ‘Live Cinema’ by introducing site-specific, immersive cultural experiences. Breaking films – and recently music albums – into their constituent parts and marrying narratives with play-along action, Secret Cinema is a unique participatory social experience. Fuelled by a desire to fill the void left by an over-saturated technological world, it invites audiences to lose themselves in serendipitous, imaginary environments that challenge the way we perceive culture and social interaction. To date, over 300,000 people attended Secret Cinema’s events.

It all started a few weeks ago when I received some details about my character – my name, who I was, and some advice on what to wear and what to carry with me. This is all optional of course, but if you really want to get immersed then I highly recommend doing whatever you can to go “in character”. Secret Cinema have a shop where you can buy things before your visit, but for the most part it is very easy to wear something in line with your character and certainly carry things you might need (this will make sense to anyone who has already been, so trust me if you haven’t).

When we arrived at the specified location a few Friday’s ago we were quickly sent on our way, being warned that the Empire has eyes and ears everywhere. Once we got through “security” our journey really began. Again, I don’t want to give anything away here, but we really felt part of the story, even at the entrance.

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Once we finally got to our first location we stayed there for a while enjoying the scenery, interacting with the locals (this is where some of those items may come in handy), having a drink and some food, and just generally enjoying ourselves. We even got to witness a few classic scenes being re-enacted in front of us.  Before long though it was time to leave and move on to another location. Even changing locations felt like we were part of the story and not just moving from one area to another.

For the rest of the evening we stayed in that second location, again enjoying the atmosphere, scenery, food and drink, and in my case, getting thrown into a jail cell for trying to rescue a certain Princess – thankfully I was liberated though, and we all know things worked out fine for her as well.

When eventually the time comes to sit down to watch the film itself (several hours after arriving) you can’t help but feel you are a part of the Star Wars universe.

You can easily see that a lot of time, effort and money has gone into reproducing locations, sets, props and costumes, with lots of people in character at all times either guiding you, helping you, or trying to stop you. And it doesn’t matter if you are in costume yourself or not, you will still have an amazing time.

I highly recommend going if you can, this is the experience you are looking for, now move along.

SECRET CINEMA Presents STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is on now until 27th September 2015 www.secretcinema.org/tickets

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At the Sony, E3 2015 press conference, Disney Interactive, Lucasfilm and Sony announced that Boba Fett will be joining Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition as part of a new limited edition offering.

Disney infinity 3.0: Star Wars Special Edition for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems will be the only place that fans will be able to play as Boba Fett in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition through the holidays, and will also allow fans to get the Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set nearly a month before it hits store shelves. As part of the announcement, the company also debuted the world premiere of the official trailer for the Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set.

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One of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy, Boba Fett will use his martial arts skills and blaster rifle to help the Galactic Empire hunt and track down prey. Instantly playable in the updated and enhanced Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box, Boba Fett is also unlockable in all of the Star Wars Play Sets.

The limited edition exclusive Sony offering includes:

• Disney infinity 3.0: Star Wars Special Edition for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3:

o (1) Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition video game software

o (1) Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set piece, (1) Ahsoka Tano figure, (1) Anakin Skywalker figure

o (1) Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set piece, (1) Luke Skywalker figure, (1) Princess Leia figure

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o (1) Boba Fett figure

o (1) Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition base

o (1) Web Code card (unlocks content for PC/mobile)

At a recent behind closed doors event with Disney, we got to see, and play some of the new Disney Infinity 3.0 game.

In this video we show off some of the new Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set captured from the PS4 version of the game.

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Star Wars Rise Against the Empire will take players on galaxy-spanning missions with legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, Rebel leader Princess Leia Organa, heroic smuggler Han Solo and his trusty co-pilot Chewbacca to help defeat Darth Vader and overthrow the evil Galactic Empire.

Non-stop, action-packed adventure awaits players as they explore open world planets like Tatooine on foot or on a Bantha, take down AT-AT walkers aboard a snowspeeder on Hoth, out-maneuver stormtroopers on a speeder bike on Endor, and partake in epic space battles in an X-wing starfighter to destroy the Death Star.

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Disney Interactive today released new information and assets for Star Wars Rise Against the Empire, one of three Star Wars Play Sets to be released for Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits this year.  Developed by Studio Gobo, in partnership with Avalanche Software, the game takes iconic moments inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy, Episodes IV-VI.

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Star Wars Rise Against the Empire will take players on galaxy-spanning missions with legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, Rebel leader Princess Leia Organa, heroic smuggler Han Solo and his trusty co-pilot Chewbacca to help defeat Darth Vader and overthrow the evil Galactic Empire.

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Non-stop, action-packed adventure awaits players as they explore open world planets like Tatooine on foot or on a Bantha, take down AT-AT walkers aboard a snowspeeder on Hoth, out-maneuver stormtroopers on a speeder bike on Endor, and partake in epic space battles in an X-wing starfighter to destroy the Death Star.

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The Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set includes Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa figures. Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader will be available and sold separately.

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Two additional Star Wars Play Sets will be available for Disney Infinity 3.0 this holiday, including Star Wars Twilight of the Republic and Star Wars The Force Awakens. In addition, players will be able to unlock the ability for all Star Wars characters to play inside all of the Star Wars Play Sets, as well as in the newly enhanced Toy Box, along with all characters previously released for Disney Infinity.

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The Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set is included in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack available this autumn, which also includes the Disney Infinity 3.0 Base, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices.

 

A Play Set based on Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out and a Marvel Play Set featuring Hulkbuster, Ultron, and other Marvel characters will also be available. Additional Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition figures and Play Sets will be announced in the coming months.

At a recent behind closed doors event with Disney, we got to see, and play some of the new Disney Infinity 3.0 game.

In this video we show off of the Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set. There is also some commentary from Ninja Theory.

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Join Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his trusty Padawan Ahsoka Tano on an intergalactic adventure to uncover secret plots, defeat villains and to bring peace back to the galaxy. Featuring an original story set in the Episodes I-III timeline, players will travel through four iconic locations, use the Force and Lightsabers in epic battles, and master their combat skills.

Check back for more Disney Infinity 3.0 videos soon.

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Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. has today announced that it will release a home version of the aerial battle arcade hit, Star Wars : Battle Pod, which first appeared in US arcades in January 2015, in Europe, North America, Japan, and other regions.

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The Battle Pods will be available to order beginning 18th June with a MSRP at US$35,000/ UK £24,000 (Shipping and setting fees separate)

 

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Made upon order for personal home use, the special Premium Edition of Star Wars : Battle Pod will be equipped with genuine leather seats that are synchronized to move/react to the action of the game and is available in two different glamorous designs inspired by the images of the Rebel Alliance and Darth Vader.

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This arcade masterpiece including the owners name and a product serial number engraved plate along with: a specially bound owner’s manual and exclusive carpeting. Owners will also have their name added to the game ending credits. MSRP for the premium edition is set at US$100,000 (Shipping and setting fees separate).

Further purchasing details will be announced after mid-June on the Star Wars: Battle Pod official website.

Dive into the Star Wars universe from the comfort of your own home with the Star Wars: Battle Pod.

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Disney Interactive today released new assets and information for Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic, one of the three Star Wars Play Sets to be released for Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits this year.

Developed by Ninja Theory, in partnership with Avalanche Software, the game is set to deliver an authentic family-friendly Star Wars game experience with enhanced combat system. Set during the latter years of the Clone Wars, players will travel to four locations and explore open worlds of Tatooine and Coruscant, battle droids in Geonosis and partake in an epic boss battle in Naboo.

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Along the way, players will use the Force and master their Lightsaber skills as they fight alongside Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda to save the Republic and defeat the Separatists. Each Jedi character is given specialised Force combat abilities and Force finishing moves, as well as unique Lightsaber forms with powerful combo attacks.

As Jedi Master Yoda, for example, players will leap into action with his agile and acrobatic prowess. Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano uses her lightning-fast dual Lightsabers to carve up Battledroids, while Darth Maul uses his double-bladed Lightsaber and power in the dark side of the Force in a death-defying duel against the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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The Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set is included in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack available this autumn, which also includes the Disney Infinity 3.0 Base, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices.

The game will be available this autumn. Two additional Star Wars Play Sets will be available for Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits this holiday, including Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In addition, players will be able to unlock the ability for all Star Wars characters to play inside all of the Star Wars Play Sets, as well as in the newly enhanced Toy Box, along with all characters previously released for Disney Infinity

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Here is the debut trailer for Disney Infinity 3.0

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Also Disney Infinity posted a special Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Announced – Disney Infinity Toy Box TV.

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will include the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Base and video game software, the Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices. Other Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Play Sets, figures, and Toy Box Expansion Games will be sold separately.

All figures and Power Discs from the 1.0 and 2.0 editions of Disney Infinity will be compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition in the enhanced Toy Box and, for the first time, Power Discs will be sold in labeled franchise-specific packs of four. Additional Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars figures and Play Sets will be announced in the coming months.

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Today Disney Infinity 3.0 has officially been announced with details coming exclusively to Game Informer as part of the June issue.

With Disney Infinity 3.0 video dropping at 7pm UK today /2pm ET, getting for the biggest launch of Disney Infinity ever.

Here are the Play Set so we know off so far

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  • Twilight of the Republic (Developed by Ninja Theory) is based on the Clone Wars franchise. This is the Play Set included withthe Starter Pack for 3.0 which includes Anakin and Ahsoka as they “fight to uncover who’s behind a freshly minted droid army. The story is set after Star Wars: Episode II, and it features land and space battles with plenty of melee combat”

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  • Rise Against the Empire (Developed by Studio Gobo) is based on the entirety of the ‘classic trilogy’ (Star Wars IV-VI) — “Luke and Leia tangle with Darth Vader and his forces through memorable sequences, including the battle of Yavin as well as time on Hoth and Tatooine.”
  • The Force Awakens (Working Title no announced developer) — Coming in the Winter, no other details known.
  • Marvel (Working Title — Developed by United Front Games) — focused on Marvel characters including Hulkbuster Iron Man, Ultron, and more
  • Pixar’s Inside Out (No announced developer) — Story line based on Pixar’s Inside Out film coming out this summer with figures based on Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear, and Sadness

Full details via Game Informer

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Disney Infinity has become the gaming destination for nearly everything Disney. Avalanche Software’s first two installments put Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters under one roof in story-based and freeform experiences. Now it’s time for Disney to give the Star Wars brand its due – Luke, Leia, Anakin, and more are joining the family with Disney Infinity 3.0, and we’ve got all the details in our mega-sized 16-page cover story.

Star Wars fandom is often divided between the two trilogies, and Disney Infinity 3.0 is catering to both audiences. Avalanche returns at the head of development while recruiting other studios to work on specific packs and systems. Ninja Theory’s (Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword) pack-in playset, Twilight of the Republic, follows Anakin and Ahsoka as they fight to uncover who’s behind a freshly minted droid army. The story is set after Star Wars: Episode II, and it features land and space battles with plenty of melee combat. Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Darth Maul can enter the fray, too, as separately sold figures. Studio Gobo’s (Disney Infinity’s Pirates of the Caribbean playset) Rise Against the Empire is a highlight reel of sorts that follows the events of the classic trilogy. Luke and Leia tangle with Darth Vader and his forces through memorable sequences, including the battle of Yavin as well as time on Hoth and Tatooine. Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Darth Vader figures will be available individually. Star Wars characters can cross over between the Star Wars playsets, too, which could lead to some canonically unsound (but fun) scenarios.

Disney Infinity 3.0 isn’t just tossing in a wookiee and a few new playsets and calling it a day, either. Avalanche has reexamined fundamental parts of its core game and is working with best-in-class developers to ensure that Infinity is as good as it can be. Ninja Theory has retuned melee combat, adjusting the timing and adding depth for advanced players. After all, you want to feel powerful when you’re wielding a light saber. Sumo Digital (Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing) has taken Infinity’s driving gameplay to the shop, tweaking the handling and drifting to provide a smoother experience. That’s key, considering one of the new Toy Box games is a kart racer. Those tweaks carry over into the Toy Box, which means legacy characters like Hulk and Mr. Incredible benefit as well.

Another Star Wars playset is coming this winter based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are also sets based on Pixar’s Inside Out – with figures based on Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear, and Sadness – and one from United Front Games (Sleeping Dogs) focused on Marvel characters including Hulkbuster Iron Man, Ultron, and more. Additional figures for Disney Infinity 3.0 include Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron: Legacy, Mulan, Olaf, and more. The Toy Box is getting special attention, too, with the addition of an updated hub world, toys for new players and experts, and the addition of an all-new farming system. May the pitchforks be with you.

We’ve got the behind-the-scenes story on every facet of the game’s development, and you’re only going to read about it in Game Informer’s June issue. Disney Infinity 3.0 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android this fall. The Starter Pack is priced at $64.99. A new batch of Power Discs are also coming, with a twist: They won’t be in blind bags anymore. You can see what you’re getting before you buy them.

 

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Yesterday Dice revealed a new location for Star Wars: Battlefront in the shape of Sallust, a barren planet with snow, ice and volcanic lava.
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Battlefront will ship with 12 different multiplayer maps, although there are more if you count those within the Battlefront missions. Not every map will support every mode, so you may not get to play them all in your favourite mode, whatever that may be.

Battlefront is out this November one game I can’t wait to play later this year.

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The new Star Wars Battlefront will take place amid the conflicts of the original film trilogy and is scheduled for release 17th November for the US and the 20th November for the UK and the 19th November for Europe for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Star Wars “Battlefront” will focus on frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players portraying Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire forces. It seems the site was even shown a demonstration of the game’s multiplayer mode, from which it describes “a team of jetpack-equipped rebels shown carving their way through the woodsy Endor while Stormtroopers charged at them on foot, on speeders and within walkers, including a hulking AT-AT war machine.

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The new game footage played today included the snowy Hoth, sandy Tatooine and gooey Sullust, a lava-spewing planet referenced in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,” as well as many “Star Wars” games and novels.

This is from the in-game engine from the PlayStation 4 version

In Star Wars Battlefront won’t solely be centred on expendable ground troops, but will also allow you to play as the likes of Boba Fett and Darth Vader on the battlefield.

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In the game can storm in as the Dark Lord himself, You can wield a lightsaber. You can Force choke the rebel scum. Basically, you are the boss of the battle. This means that you, as Vader, can lead your team to victory if you play well.

The most exciting part for us is that you’ll be able to take part in dogfights with TIE Fighters, X-wings and the Millennium Falcon.

You can get into these vehicles, from speeder bikes to X-wings, TIE fighters, AT-STs, AT-ATs. There’s a wide range of vehicles that we wanted to realize.

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The difficulty with a game is that they need to be balanced with the troops on the ground.

Of course, with a certain Star Wars movie set to release a month after Battlefront’s release, DICE is also being given special content related to it. The Battle of Jakku, the key battle with Imperial holdouts that takes place in the immediate aftermath of “Return of the Jedi,” will be added to Battlefront as free DLC.

Players will get to see Jakku as it was before they see it as it eventually becomes in this December’s “The Force Awakens.” Those that own Star Wars Battlefront will be able to pick this DLC up free of charge on 8th December. Anyone that takes the plunge and pre-orders will be able to pick it up a week early on 1st December.

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The forthcoming “Battlefront,” is part of a 10-year deal between the Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts to create new “Star Wars” games.

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Get your first look at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser #2! at the Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, California earlier today.

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theatres 18th December this year.

 

Early last month Disney, Lucasfilm and Xbox released the newest Skin pack for Minecraft called the Star Wars Rebels priced at £2.39/$2.99, with releasing 23 new Minecraft skins from the new Disney Channel Star Wars Rebels television series.

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But what does the new skins add to the collection on skin packs in the past, well it adds a whole new level to spice up any planet or level you make in Minecraft.

With skins having Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla also Zeb Orrelios and the one and only Sabine Wren.

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The skin pack adds a few robots like Chopper and RX24 with only characters like the Inquisitor, Agent Kallus, AT-DP Pilot, Stormtrooper Commander with Stormtrooper Tagged and also Cikatro Vizago
IGRM Droid Variant 1 and 2, Lothal Farmer, Gotal, Minister Maketh Tua, Tseebo.

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Last of the characters added via the new skin pack are Ezra Bridger Imperial Cadet, Commandant Aresko, Azmorigan and Senator Gall Trayvis.

The list of characters add so much fun you have to play with the skins to see for yourself .

The new skin pack adds a lot of fun to Minecraft already, If you looking for something different to add to you Minecraft skin collection then you won’t go wrong with downloading and having fun with the new Star Wars skins.

I hope Minecraft will add more Star Wars Rebels skins in the future.

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Today Secret Cinema has announced its latest project: Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in a secret London location, beginning on 4th June. Audiences will be invited to journey through the world of Star Wars which will conclude with a presentation of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

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Audiences will be transported into a richly detailed galactic space opera where they will become part of one of the most ambitious and dreamlike Secret Cinema experiences the UK has ever seen. Secret Cinema is seeking rebels from around the world to join the Rebel Alliance and head to a Secret City, where they will become part of the world of Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

In Summer 2014, over 80,000 attended Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event in the Olympic Park, London where the world of Hill Valley had been brought to life with 20 designated set areas, a replica of the iconic Town Hall, a life-size high school and Lou’s famous diner. The smash hit experience is set to transfer to Los Angeles in Autumn 2015 for a second successful run in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary.

Tickets for Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will be available from Wednesday 18th March, 1300 hours (www.secretcinema.org/tickets).

The event is strictly for attendees aged 12 or over. Under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Prices Standard/Adult (12+): £75 Child (12-17): £50 Show Dates: 4th June – 2nd August Tuesday to Sunday Evening Performances Start Time: 17.30 Latest Arrival: 18.30

 

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Following the release of the Star Wars Classic Skin Pack last November, Disney, Lucasfilm and Xbox have teamed up to deliver 23 new Minecraft skins featuring characters from Disney Channel’s Star Wars Rebels.

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Set five years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Rebels tells the story of the Rebellion’s beginnings while the Empire spreads tyranny throughout the galaxy.
Now, Minecrafters can play as their favourite inhabitants of the starship Ghost, such as Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus and Chopper. Priced at £2.39, the Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack brings the whole motley crew to the colossal world of Minecraft.

Here is the full character list is below – happy mining!

Characters:

Ezra Bridger

Kanan Jarrus

Hera Syndulla

Zeb Orrelios

Sabine Wren

Chopper

Inquisitor

Agent Kallus

AT-DP Pilot

Stormtrooper Commander

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Cikatro Vizago

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Lothal Farmer

Gotal

Minister Maketh Tua

Tseebo

RX-24

Ezra Bridger Imperial Cadet

Commandant Aresko

Azmorigan

Senator Gall Trayvis

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